Tom Brady fined $11K for kicking Falcons player—he’ll make that in about an hour


Seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady has been fined $11,139 by the NFL for apparently kicking Atlanta Falcons lineman Grady Jarrett during a game Sunday, according to multiple reports, which will mostly serve as a symbolic—rather than financial—penalty for the top-earning NFL player.

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Big Number

70. That’s about how many minutes it takes Brady to make $11,139, based on Forbes’ estimate of his earnings.

A massive chunk of Brady’s earnings–US$52 million–comes from off-the-field ventures. Among those are a television and film production company called 199 Productions (a reference to his selection as the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft), his TB12 lifestyle brand and the NFT company Autograph, which raised $170 million in funding earlier this year.

Brady, widely considered the most accomplished football player of all time, has a short but notable disciplinary history when it comes to breaking NFL rules.

His most severe punishment came in 2016, when he was suspended for the first four games of the season after the NFL concluded he had was involved in the “Deflategate” scandal, which involved the New England Patriots—of which Brady was quarterback at the time—deliberately deflating footballs during the 2014 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. Footballs with lower air pressure are generally easier to throw and catch.

Brady was also fined $10,000 in 2013 for kicking his leg into the groin of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed.

Rumours have swirled in recent days about the status of Brady’s marriage to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, after reports surfaced that the two are living separately and have hired divorce attorneys.

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